Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Health Minister Greg Hunt have been identified as casual contacts of Covid-positive people after an event at a surf club.

The pair visited Bribie Island Surf Club north of Brisbane on December 21 as part of an event to promote skin cancer awareness, including announcing $20 million in funding. 

Several people at the event later tested positive for Covid-19 but it is not known if they came into direct contact with the prime minister or the health minister.

At a press conference held on an indoor balcony at the surf club on the day, Mr Morrison and Mr Hunt appeared with Cancer Council Australia boss Tanya Buchanan, melanoma survivor Courtney Mangan and federal MP for Longman Terry Young.

Other photos showed Mr Morrison mingling with members of the local community outside the venue. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) and Mr Hunt visited Bribie Island Surf Club north of Brisbane on December 21 as part of an event to promote skin cancer awareness, later giving a press conference with local MP Terry Young (middle)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) and Mr Hunt visited Bribie Island Surf Club north of Brisbane on December 21 as part of an event to promote skin cancer awareness, later giving a press conference with local MP Terry Young (middle)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) and Mr Hunt visited Bribie Island Surf Club north of Brisbane on December 21 as part of an event to promote skin cancer awareness, later giving a press conference with local MP Terry Young (middle)

The Cancer Council informed Queensland Health and the prime minister’s staff of the Covid cases. 

Mr Morrison was designated a casual contact by Queensland Health, but the club has not been listed as an exposure site on its website and is considered low risk. 

‘As per the NSW Health guidelines, the prime minister was not required to isolate or get tested, and continues to monitor for symptoms,’ a spokesperson for Mr Morrison told the Courier Mail. 

‘Due to extensive travel engagements, the prime minister has been subject to regular PCR tests to comply with requirements under state public health orders for travel to Queensland, South Australia, and Tasmania.’

Mr Morrison gave a press conference held on an indoor balcony at the Bribie Island Surf Club

Mr Morrison gave a press conference held on an indoor balcony at the Bribie Island Surf Club

Mr Morrison gave a press conference held on an indoor balcony at the Bribie Island Surf Club

Mr Morrison (in hat with glasses in shirt at left) was also seen mingling with members of the local community outside the venue

Mr Morrison (in hat with glasses in shirt at left) was also seen mingling with members of the local community outside the venue

Mr Morrison (in hat with glasses in shirt at left) was also seen mingling with members of the local community outside the venue

The development has not affected Mr Morrison’s chairing of today’s snap national cabinet meeting.

The meeting discussed changes to the national categorisation of close and casual contacts to prevent thousands of people having to go into quarantine as the Omicron variant spreads across the country.

Queensland chief health officer John Gerrard admitted contact tracing by the health department is being gradually wound back as the number of cases in the state grows. 

‘We are pulling back to isolating those who are sick and their immediate household contacts, that is the main group that we are contacting,’ he said.

‘The broader contact tracing is gradually being pulled back.

‘We are doing less contract tracing in places like restaurant and cafes… we cannot afford to quarantine the entire population of Queensland.’

'As per the NSW Health guidelines, the Prime Minister was not required to isolate or get tested, and continues to monitor for symptoms,' a spokesperson for Mr Morrison said, after he was identified as a casual contact of Covid positive cases at an event at Bribie Island Surf Club (pictured)

'As per the NSW Health guidelines, the Prime Minister was not required to isolate or get tested, and continues to monitor for symptoms,' a spokesperson for Mr Morrison said, after he was identified as a casual contact of Covid positive cases at an event at Bribie Island Surf Club (pictured)

‘As per the NSW Health guidelines, the Prime Minister was not required to isolate or get tested, and continues to monitor for symptoms,’ a spokesperson for Mr Morrison said, after he was identified as a casual contact of Covid positive cases at an event at Bribie Island Surf Club (pictured)

Queensland Health said lower risk situations will likely not be added to published exposure sites, particularly if all those in attendance can and have been contacted. 

Queensland recorded 2.222 cases of Covid in Thursday, up from 1,589 on Wednesday.

Case numbers have grown from just four announced on the day the state reopened its border to NSW, Victoria, and the ACT on December 13.

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